Tips for setting up Mesh network

This article shows what can be done to improve and troubleshoot Wi-Fi Mesh Networks as well as some workarounds that can be used.

Before Creating a Mesh Network, this is what we can do:

1. Survey your environment and your floor plan. Use Wired Uplink as the preferred connection to the access point where the Ethernet connection between devices is possible. This will achieve the best performance.

2. Use the Mesh additional feature to make the connection more stable.
a. Wireless uplink/downlink band options
b. Preferred Uplink and Auto Reselect

3. Ensure the signal strength is high enough. It can be detected by using the AP Discovery function on both devices.

4. Check the Support List on the Mesh Router.

5. Check the Wi-Fi bands of the VigorAP’s.

What we can do when build the Mesh connection unsuccessfully:

1. Collect Detailed logs
Enable Detailed as Log Level and collect Mesh Syslog, then forward it to the DrayTek support team for analysis. After enabling the "Detailed" log level, you can see the connection logs with [dmn] prefix as shown below.

 141  2019-02-27 16:14:40  Feb 27 16:14:38  AP903  [dmn] Add List is empty! Still start to register.
 141  2019-02-27 16:14:40  Feb 27 16:14:38  AP903  [dmn] dmn_pkt_send Announce-GoRegister
 141  2019-02-27 16:14:40  Feb 27 16:14:38  AP903  [dmn] Mesh generate my public key successfully
 141  2019-02-27 16:14:40  Feb 27 16:14:38  AP903  [dmn] Register start.

2. Getting issues when using Router as Mesh Root and Mesh logs shows the following messages.

2020-06-10 07:38:34 [dmn] 00:1D:AA:EE:27:F5 RSSI is too low (16/30) 18 sec
2020-06-10 07:38:33 [dmn] 00:1D:AA:EE:27:F5 RSSI is too low (16/30) 17 sec

It means the signal strength is too low. Mesh Root will check the signal strength of the Mesh Nodes, 16 means the signal strength of the Mesh Node, and 30 is the RSSI threshold. Mesh network cannot be connected successfully when the signal strength of the Mesh Node is lower than the threshold.

We can prevent the issue happening by setting the RSSI threshold to a lower value.
Telnet command to set up RSSI threshold.

DrayTek> dmn set ?
% Usage : dmn set <action> <value>
% <action> :
% rssi - set rssi threshold (30 for default)
% timeout - set timeout level (in second)

3. Set up Range Extender by 2.4Ghz (Universal repeater mode) as a workaround.

Published On:2020-11-24 

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